‘Produce 101’ contestant to quit over sexual harassment claim
Mia Lee, May 8, 2017, 10:40 a.m.
Ha Min-ho, a contestant on the second season of Mnet’s survival audition show “Produce 101,” has decided to drop out of the show amid the mounting criticism against his alleged sexual harassment of female fans. “We are sorry for the fans who have been supporting Ha, and the production crew and other trainees of the show,” Ha’s agency The Vibe Label said on Monday. “After the discussion with Ha Min-ho, we have decided to withdraw from the show and cancel the agency contract.”
Controversy erupted after some fans revealed screengrabs of direct messages alleged to be from Ha. The user from the screengrabs, with the same ID owned by Ha, exchanged messages suggesting a possible sexual relationship.
“Will you come? It’s a bit dangerous because I’m home. If you don’t want such things, you’d better not to come,” one message read.
Another message appears to refer to sexual intercourse: “So you’re saying it’s okay as long as that part of me does not go into you, right?”
“Produce 101” brings together 101 trainees from local talent agencies to compete for a spot in a new 11-member group. Ha Min-ho was ranked on No. 47 on the latest episode of the show.